A woman has died after she burnt to death on the middle of a busy street outside a s school in south-west London.
The as-yet-unidentified woman was found engulfed in a fireball outside Christ’s School and Sixth Form Centre in Richmond upon Thames.
The woman ran up and down screaming before quick-thinking passersby tried to smother her in coats to stop the flames.
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Fire crews rushed to Queens Road shortly after 1pm on Monday and erected a blue tarpaulin as they tried in vain to resuscitate her but the woman could not be saved and she died at the scene.
Police are investigating reports that the woman, who is not connected to the school, may have set herself alight.
Local residents watched on in horror from their windows and were stuck inside their homes for two hours.
James Quinn, 27, described the moment his friend was driving past the woman and stopped to help.
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He said: ‘She was on the common running up and down ablaze and people were getting out of their cars and trying to help her, my friend got out his car to try and help.
‘There were school kids watching from the windows.
‘Once emergency services had arrived there was no chance in saving her.’
A single bunch of daffodils were left at the scene with a note which read: ‘Thinking of you, sending you and your family love and healing light.’
A teacher at Christ’s School who said: ‘I don’t know if pupils saw what happened but I know people were desperately trying to put coats around her and cover her to try and put the flames out, it’s just terrible.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the scene. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.41pm.
‘Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing – at this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained.’
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: ‘Sadly one woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.’